"Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."

-Chinese proverb

 


 
 

The Broadened Horizons Organic Farm began in 2004 as a small, family operated teaching farm in East Tennessee, dedicated to the learning, the practice, and the teaching of sustainable based agricultural practices.

Our working, restored farm served as our living outdoor laboratory and classroom for the natural restoration of native soil fertility, slow release water retention, and the reforestation effort to create a diverse woodland canopy on portions of a former over-abused, rundown, and degraded cattle farm.

Through an outreach educational program that sponsored workshops in subjects of new farm or homestead start-up, perma-culture design, earth systems awareness, organic gardening, rainwater collection and retention, and simple construction techniques to increase a building's energy efficiency and livability, we had the opportunity to train new farmers, school children, and many adults in the practice of simple and sustainable living.

In December of 2012, our grazing lease was terminated on an adjacent (to our farm) 10 acre winter pasture, and it was then we decided to look for a new, more secure location with more like-minded support to carry on our sustainable agricultural teaching work.

 Swede McBroom offered us both land and very significant infrastructure investments so we could bring our holistic farming skills and wide-ranging experience to the citizens of Floyd County. We completed moving our entire demonstration farming operation to Floyd County, VA in September 2013. There we have designed, and are now in the final completion process of creating a new earth-ecology based teaching farm from the ground up that is a model of energy and resource efficient structures, well balanced and sustainable land management, and co-operative relationships with both the local farm and the natural health community.